4 Ways Temporary IT Jobs Can Launch Your Dream Career

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Finding full time work remains a challenge for many qualified IT specialists who are job-hunting. While temporary jobs seem like dead ends, they actually serve a highly beneficial purpose in building a successful IT career.

 

Taking Advantage of Temporary IT Jobs

 

Don’t let the word “temporary” dissuade you from taking a job. These can be great learning opportunities and may lead you somewhere you otherwise wouldn’t have ended up. Here are a few of the possible ways a temporary IT job could launch your dream career.

 

1. Building experience. It’s quite possible your job search is limited by a lack of experience. In this case, a temporary job can be an excellent way to gain valuable experience that will prepare you for the next step. Companies look on applicants much more positively if they have industry experience versus only book knowledge. View a temporary job as an extension of your training. Only this time, it’s much more valuable and hands on.

2. Making an impression. While your job may have the label “temporary” in front of it, what you’re doing still matters very much. Your work is permanent and companies will treat it that way. A temporary position allows you to make positive impressions on those around you. Managers, executives, and peers will notice when you work efficiently and productivity. This could end up in a full-time hire if you play your cards right.

3. Acquiring specialized skills. Some people are lacking in a particular skill and companies avoid hiring them because of it. When it comes to a temporary position, management is much more likely to overlook these things. This will allow you to acquire specialized skills and take advantage of opportunities that otherwise may have passed you by.

4. Opening up connections. If you aren’t able to make strong impressions on those around you, you will at least be exposed to valuable connections you can use in the future. These may be competitors, clients, or partners.

 

Those considering temporary jobs are not alone. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of labor, there are more than 2.5 million temporary employees in the country. Additionally, temporary jobs have made up roughly 19 percent of all new jobs since the recession ended in 2009.

 

A temporary job may not be ideal, but don’t keep turning down jobs month after month. Make the most out of situations and doors will eventually open. If nothing else, you should feel blessed to be working and making money when so many others don’t have the opportunity to secure any work at all.

 

IT Accel

 

At IT Accel, our job is finding you a job. Whether it’s part-time, full-time, or temporary, we can help match you with companies seeking skilled, experienced IT professionals. When you choose to search for a job through us, you gain access to our wide pool of successful and motivated corporate clients.

 

For more information on how we can help you secure a job, contact us today. We would be happy to connect you with your future.

 

The Importance of IT Specialists

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One of the most overlooked areas of staffing and hiring for a majority of companies is the IT department. In fact, many companies – large and small – don’t even have IT departments. That is a major oversight and one that can quickly prove detrimental to the health of an organization.

 

Why You Need an IT Gal (or Guy)

 

If you don’t have IT specialists, your technology infrastructure may be a ticking time bomb. While things may appear to be smooth and efficient on the surface, there are things happening at a very technical level that may shock you.  Here are some of the reasons you need an IT specialist:

 

  • Website Functioning. In today’s business world, a large majority of business is conducted online. That means your website and domains are equally as important as any physical storefronts you may have. Are you treating your website with the focus that it requires? If you don’t have an IT specialist, odds are you aren’t. An IT specialist can ensure everything is functioning properly, bugs are fixed, ecommerce issues are nonexistent, and your data is protected from potential attacks.

 

  • Internal Issues. In addition to helping you with your website and online presence, a skilled IT specialist will assist your company with any internal issues regarding computer mainframes, software, and other technology. While you would have to research each individual problem, spend time and money fixing bugs, and ineffectively treat many issues, IT specialists have the training and experience to quickly and efficiently fix the large majority of problems.

 

  • Cost-Effective. As mentioned, having an IT specialist in-house is cost-effective. Every time there is an issue, you don’t have to send off your technology or outsource help. Instead, you have quick access to answers.

 

  • Double-Duty. Many IT specialists are able to double up and take on additional roles within your company. Because they generally have a vast understanding of systems and software, they are able to help with purchase decisions and presentations.

 

How to Find an IT Specialist

 

The search process for a qualified IT specialist can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Just because someone lists proficiency in Microsoft Office on their resume, it doesn’t mean they are a specialist. When looking for a trained and experienced IT specialist, it’s best to use a professional staffing and recruiting service. These companies understand what to look for, properly screen all applicants, and can give unbiased advice.

 

You’ll want to avoid job boards for the most part and shouldn’t conduct a blind interview process without properly filtering and screening. Trusting your IT with just anyone is a scary proposition. Make sure you choose only the best.

 

IT Accel

 

At IT Accel, we are one of the premier technology and staffing services in the industry. We operate on a global scale and have access to top level talent that can push your company in a new direction. Instead of just seeking out random applicants, we take the time to focus on our client’s specific needs and work from there. Contact us today for more information.

How Jobseekers Leverage Social Media to Their Advantage

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When searching for employment in the IT industry, savvy jobseekers use every resource at their disposal. In an increasingly digital society, social media platforms offer an opportunity to “get found,” provide information to potential employers, and find good-fit organizations.

 

Social Media and the Job Search

 

It makes sense. After all, IT moguls should be up on the latest in technology, and social media networks are no strangers to modernity. Social media is a great way to connect with many industries at once instead of building a small network slowly through employment and internship opportunities. It’s clear 2014 is in the fast lane, and as always, employment is largely about who you know.

 

Social media is an effective tool, but how can you maximize your potential on these sites?

 

  • Build a complete LinkedIn page. LinkedIn is a serious social media tool, free of the frivolousness that other sites allow. LinkedIn is used to connect you to previous employers, employees, and colleagues, in addition to instructors you studied under. Having a presence on the site is a great start, as it allows you to meander through a virtual rolodex of people you might have known and remind them of your existence.

 

The best part is that your virtual rolodex is visible to potential employers, interviewers, and anyone who might be checking into your history. Listing and endorsing every skill, experience, and bit of education is more likely to get you noticed on LinkedIn. People who know you can verify your employment, your abilities and more through the site, which is far better than an old letter of reference. Potential employers can skim the way today’s businesspeople are wont to do.

 

  • Minimize personal information on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. You are a grown adult who is allowed to have a social life, but employers aren’t impressed with less than professional pictures and statements that are crude or insulting. It isn’t that your competition isn’t doing these things or that there is anything inherently wrong with the occasional festivities; rather, what is out of sight for interviewers will never be a factor.

 

Pictures from years past of wild times could be the one difference between you and the person who gets the job. Keep your profile family-friendly and post relevant, positive things. There’s nothing wrong with having a negative opinion, but worldwide rants are not going to get you hired.

 

  • Connecting with industry leaders and employers. Using sites like Twitter, Facebook, and more offers you the opportunity to walk right up to the door of opportunity and knock, with your face smiling in the window.

 

The B2C experience is shifting from monologue output to a true dialogue, and potential hires are no different. Companies now want to glean feedback from people like you, and with luck, your profile and knowledgeable commentary online might get you noticed.

 

  • Finding information about companies and the opportunities they offer. Some companies are now posting openings on social media in addition to job posting boards. Further, seeking information about a company in a colloquial manner – such as through social media – might give you more of the inside scoop on the company’s culture and manner of being. This is much more effective than an outdated, or even carefully crafted, website.

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In addition to the prominent social media sites, be certain to create a presence on the IT Accel website to keep up on the latest postings and news in IT, employment, and more.